Substation Electrician 12kv and Pacemaker

Recent recipient of Boston Scientific L131 and feeling great!

I'm applying for a job as Substation Electrician: 12kv AC to rectifier for 1500v DC

Job would entail mainly switching.

Should it be a concern w/PM?

I'll be contacting Boston Scientific for their take tomorrow 


BostonSci's Minute Ventiliation is sensitive to magnetic fields...

by crustyg - 2023-08-24 03:28:08 the MV feed into Rate Response drops off, and you don't get the HR increase that you expect.

I think BostonSci will say that this job probably isn't right for you.

Best wishes.


by piglet22 - 2023-08-24 06:35:41

In theory, it should be a safe place to work and that the utility or operator have done all their risk assessments.

But that would be an assumption I wouldn't make.

I worked for a utility with some pretty high risk processes involved and not once did they go through the risks. Considering a lot of it was lone working, looking back on it, it was appalling.

In pre-pacemaker days, I worked close to a major power distribution station running at 400kV. Notable for having it's own anti-intruder electric fence.

Of course you need to get advice from the manufacturer and it will be interesting to hear what they say. Definitely don't rely on what the prospective employer says.

Substation electrician

by AgentX86 - 2023-08-25 00:17:36

12kV isn't a problem.  The issue is the current in these cables.  Electric fields aren't the problem, rather magnetic fields.  Also, bipolar (or quadripolar) leads are much less sensitive than unipolar leads.

Asking pretty much anyone, other than your cardiologist, is going to say "no",  just to cover their butt.  Your cardiologist knows your situation and might have some useful information.

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